Instructional Technology Tidbits from the ITS

At the heart of effective technology integration, technology offers opportunities to be more actively involved in the learning experience.

- Vanessa Vega

First Quarter Wrap Up

The first quarter is coming to a close and we are seeing technology integration around the building. I have enjoyed meeting with grade levels at both schools to work on collaborations and coming up with interesting lessons we could work on together! As we continue to meet during the second nine weeks, I am hoping for more opportunities to see how we can enrich lessons with the power of technology.

New Schedule!

The new grading period starts a new schedule for me! For a more detailed look at my daily schedule, check it out here!

Mondays - Windsor Woods

Tuesdays - Malibu

Wednesdays - Windsor Woods

Thursdays - Malibu

Fridays - Malibu / Windsor Woods

Hour of Code

The Week of December 7 - 13 is Computer Science in Education Week. Since the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) state conference is being held December 6 - 8, we will celebrate beginning December 9 and running through December 18. The highlight of this celebration is the "Hour of Code". This event is held world wide and currently there are over 72,074 schools participating. This year I am hoping to get each grade level into the lab for 1 hour just to do some basic coding. Hopefully this will inspire some of our students to go further as they continue in school. One thing we must remember is that it is not just coding that the students learn but how to look at things analytically and break down items into smaller pieces. Check out for more information.

Things to Make You App-Y


Tellagami is an app that allows you to create a short animated video called a gami about any subject. The app allows you to choose a character, a scene and dialogue before saving. Great way to do a quick presentation!


ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron. It reads free-to-download answer sheets in multiple sizes. Provide instant feedback to students by grading exit tickets, quizzes, and formative assessments as soon as they finish.


I love this virtual whiteboard for teachers and students to use! Write on your iPad using your finger or stylus and audio record your voice, and you can immediately play back a tutorial that can be used over and over. The link can be uploaded to the teachers account and the link shared students who have been absent and missed original explanations and examples.

Students can also use it to demonstrate their mastery of a concept, and upload the whiteboards to a class account created by the teacher.


During October, I saw teachers at both schools take the {technology} bull by the horns and run with it! (If I left anyone out, I am sorry! There were so many amazing lessons going on. If you want to make sure I see one, please be sure to invite me in!)

-Ms. Ragland at Malibu has made her grading life easier by using ZipGrade for assessments.

-4th grade at Windsor Woods has started prepping their students for a weather PSA by introducing Tellagami to them.

-5th grade at Malibu had their Ready-to-Students take pictures of real-world angles and use ShowMe on the iPads to put together a mini-presentation about what they saw.

-2nd grade a Malibu introduced their students to symbols of the United States and the students put together a PhotoStory with the information they researched in the library.

-Kindergarten at Windsor Woods has introduced their students to the iPads and the Technology Lab. Students were very excited to study the alphabet using both tools!

-2nd grade at Windsor Woods made a "Cool Word" poster in Pixie to make their word look like their picture of a solid, liquid or gas.

-Achieve3000 is being utilized in centers in some classes so those students are reaching their goal of 2 articles per week! Way to go!

-Students love earning those points in TenMarks!


The book study at both schools is live on Edmodo! Thanks to everyone who has joined and is participating!

Is there a particular topic you would like to see held as a PDP? Let me know!

Jamie Frederick, Instructional Technology Specialist

ITS at Malibu Elementary & Windsor Woods Elementary